Mid Columbia Economic Development District strives to promote the creation of family-wage jobs, the diversification of the economic base, and the growth, development and retention of business and industry in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
MCEDD is organized as a government non-profit in Oregon as an ORS-190 and in Washington through RCW 39.34.010.
September 20, 2018 – Terra Cotta, located on 214 Washington Street in downtown The Dalles, is a hidden gem for lovers of fashion. Terra Cotta is a women’s boutique catering a bohemian style and offering a wonderful selection of clothing, accessories and gifts for all ages. It is owned and operated by a native of The Dalles, Kenya Sarabia-Figueroa. Kenya’s vision for the boutique became a reality upon receiving support from Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center to complete her business plan and financial forecast. She then worked with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to obtain a small loan through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board.
Kenya discovered her passion for fashion at an early age while attending a class in elementary school in which she learned to sew garments.The result was simple: she fell in love at first stitch, viewing fashion and design as a means of unique expression. She continued her education and in her senior year at The Dalles High School, she mentored alongside accomplished store owner Louise Langheinrich, owner of Lines of Designs in downtown The Dalles. Kenya’s education continued in fashion as she attended classes at the Columbia Gorge College and completed her degree in fashion design from The Art Institute of Portland. Through further education, Kenya honed her craft. She gained valuable knowledge through her experience in the fashion industry which grew to a position of fashion designer and developer at the company known as the S Group in downtown Portland, Oregon. This new perspective in the fashion industry gave Kenya the confidence she needed to follow the dream that began in her youth. On June 30, 2018 Kenya realized her dream in the opening of Terra Cotta LLC, in her hometown of The Dalles Oregon.
Visitors to Tera Cotta receive bright energized and eclectic fashion, while Kenya adds a bit of complimentary country flare and professional garb. In addition, Kenya loves giving fashion advice to her customers and obliges her knowledge for any occasion. Being bilingual, Kenya spreads her love of fashion to all that enter her store. Her parents, Eliazar and Patricia, have been a tremendous help towards their daughter realizing her future and they look on to all that Kenya will accomplish. For Kenya and Terra Cotta the plain and simple phrase of “fashion is art” is reinforced and has helped Kenya become a tremendous artist.
Contact Terra Cotta at 541-769-0550 or shop online at https://shopterracotta.com.
August 26, 2018 – Diesel Athletics, LLC dba Power Station – Hood River obtained a loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) in December of 2017. This loan provided the funds needed to complete the gym remodel and upgrade project, including finishing the childcare area and smoothie bar and replacing worn out or broken equipment and adding new equipment.
Jeri McMaster, owner of Power Station – Hood River started CrossFit Hood River in June 2009. In February 2013, she acquired the Big Gym business and leased its location at 1813 Cascade Avenue in Hood River. This move allowed CrossFit Hood River to access larger space at this location and added the Big Gym business to Diesel Athletics, LLC. The combined businesses are called The Power Station. Jeri is focused on providing the best gym experience in Hood River by creating a supportive, positive and energetic atmosphere that provides great equipment and training programs and classes with knowledgeable and motivating trainers. Power Station – Hood River offers the following:
Barbells & Bumper Plates
Hammer Strength Back
Hammer Strength Chest
Treadmills & Ellipticals
Reverse Hypers & GHDs
Turf & Sleds
Yoga Mats & Blocks
Functional Studio & Rings
Stair mills & Bikes
Group Training Spaces
Classes for Cycling (interval and strength, boxing, CrossFit, Bootcamp, Ripped (core workout), Kinstretch (stretching and flexibility), Run Club and Olympic and power lifting.
Jeri is excited about her business and says “The portfolio of people who have gone from unhealthy to athletic is large, and we are very proud of the impact that we have made on our community over the years.” Diesel Athletics, LLC employs a combination of 12 full and part-time employees. Power Station – Hood River is located at 1813 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, Oregon. Learn more at www.powerstationhr.com.